StarKist Tuna Offers The Customers Free Fish Or The Cash After Reaching $8M …

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hold off on buying that tuna! Does StarKist owe you some money?.

There’s nothing wrong with the tuna itself, but a consumer discovered the company was saving a lot of money by not filling its five-ounce cans to capacity,Newser reports. The proposed settlement in a StarKist tuna class-action lawsuit could possibly be a troublesome choice for true tuna lovers – ought to they take $50 value of tuna, as the corporate presents, or ought to they take $25 in money?According to the lawsuit, the tuna can producer failed to fully fill four varieties of its canned tuna products and violated both federal and state laws.StarKist legally shields its reputation by admitting nothing, but in return it must set aside $8 million in cash and $4 million in redeemable vouchers to pay class-action lawsuit members. If you’re a resident of the U.S. who bought Starkist Chunk Lite Tuna or Solid White tuna, in oil or water, between Feb. 19, 2009, and Oct. 31, 2014, you’re entitled to the $25 payout — or $50 in tuna.

The settlement was labored out after StarKist was accused of skimping on five-ounce cans of tuna, based on a federal lawsuit filed in Oakland two years in the past. This week, the famed tuna titans settled a class-action lawsuit in which consumers accused the company of purposely under-filling cans of their beloved tuna. Since many of us weren’t likely hanging on to our tuna receipts waiting for this payout, Starkist is using the honor system and trusting that consumers who file a claim are telling the truth.

Newsmax said that the lawsuit was first filed two years ago in Oakland (Calif.), and that part of the settlement agreement is that StarKist will not admit any wrongdoing. Do you think StarKist made a wise decision by settling the lawsuit outside of the court system? “This settlement allows StarKist to stay focused on our core mission of providing healthy and delicious seafood to our consumers”.

In response to the settlement, during which StarKist does not admit to any wrongdoing, the corporate can pay out a complete of $eight million in money or $four million in vouchers to purchase StarKist tuna. This under-filling is in direct violation of federal law which states that a five-ounce can must contain between 2.84 and 3.23 ounces of tuna depending on the variety.

Consumer expert Laura Northrup was quoted as saying that, in cases like this, large companies assume consumers haven’t kept receipts for their tuna purchases, so “they’re asking consumers to say on penalty of perjury” that they have, for sure, purchased one of the aforementioned types of tuna between the specified dates. The plaintiff Patrick Hendricks, who filed a complaint in 2013, said he performed a separate investigation and found that the tuna cans were actually under-filled.

Only 5-ounce cans of the Chunk Light and Solid White products, regardless whether they were in water or oil, gives you the entitlement to compensation. Consumerist reported the settlement as well, noting that anyone who believes they’ve purchased the cans in question during the dates given can file their claim to tuna or cash at TunaLawsuit.com.

The settlement website noted that the judge in the case didn’t “rule in favor of Plaintiff or StarKist,” but instead decided to grant the settlement, which was agreed to by both parties involved in the lawsuit.

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